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Suspected drunk driver causes thousands in damage after smashing into parked cars

The Argus: Suspected drunk driver causes thousands in damage after smashing into parked cars Suspected drunk driver causes thousands in damage after smashing into parked cars

A suspected drunk driver crashed into a line of parked cars and damaged a garden wall, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

The van driver’s accident yesterday morning shunted three cars in Robertson Road, Brighton, at least two of which are believed to be write offs.

The loud noise of the accident in the residential street near Preston Park train station left residents fearing there had been a gas explosion.

Shocked neighbours said they were forced to intervene – with one resident in the street removing his keys.

Police confirmed a man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving shortly after 9.30am on Sunday after failing a road side breath test following the accident.

Gemma Taylor, 28, of Robertson Road, said: “I was sitting down with a cup of tea and suddenly there was this massive noise, the biggest bang ever.

“It sounded like a huge truck had fallen over.

“We went out and he was trying to reverse away from my car.

“I don’t think he knew what was going on.”

She added: “My son started crying, he was really scared.

“There’s lots of kids around here and if someone had been walking down the road they could have been killed.”

Lewis Gent, 20, also of Robertson Road, added: “I had to take the car keys off him.

“He was saying his clutch had gone and he was looking for a park- ing space.”

Neighbour Michael Burton, whose three children screamed after hearing the van plough into their wall, said: “I thought it was a gas explosion.”

The arrested driver was at the wheel of a van emblazoned with the logo of the A1 Glass and Glazing company.

Patrick Smyth, director of the Brighton-based company, said: “Thank God no-one was injured.

“I’m absolutely mortified this has happened, it’s highly embarrassing.

“I don’t condone drink driving and I’m very sorry for the incon- venience to people affected.

“I’ll do everything I can to make sure they are reimbursed for the damage caused.”

Mr Smyth said he went to the street yesterday on Sunday afternoon and apologised to the residents of Robertson Road in person.

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12:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

her professional says...

Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.
Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike. her professional
  • Score: -24

12:23pm Mon 27 Jan 14

RaveyDavey says...

^ what a strange comment.
I hate drink drivers - such a selfish thing to do. Birch them!!!
^ what a strange comment. I hate drink drivers - such a selfish thing to do. Birch them!!! RaveyDavey
  • Score: 23

12:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

People don't realise if they have had loads to drink the night before they can still be over the limit basically anyone over the drink drive limit are driving around with a weapon in there hands which could easily kill themselves and worse still someone else.Im also pleased police are now taking drug driving seriously.
People don't realise if they have had loads to drink the night before they can still be over the limit basically anyone over the drink drive limit are driving around with a weapon in there hands which could easily kill themselves and worse still someone else.Im also pleased police are now taking drug driving seriously. clubrob6
  • Score: 23

3:59pm Mon 27 Jan 14

fasttrack says...

I think the Director of the company going around on the Sunday afternoon to apologise deserves some credit, not many would have done the same.
I think the Director of the company going around on the Sunday afternoon to apologise deserves some credit, not many would have done the same. fasttrack
  • Score: 64

4:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Richada says...

Good on the boss for going round there to apologise for the actions of someone that (presumably) he employs.

A really upsetting incident for all of those concerned.

Driving the "morning after" is equally as dangerous as drink driving and I hope this driver is removed from our roads for the forseeable future. A lesson here for all whose jobs depend on a driving license.
Good on the boss for going round there to apologise for the actions of someone that (presumably) he employs. A really upsetting incident for all of those concerned. Driving the "morning after" is equally as dangerous as drink driving and I hope this driver is removed from our roads for the forseeable future. A lesson here for all whose jobs depend on a driving license. Richada
  • Score: 20

5:52pm Mon 27 Jan 14

theidiotsarewinning says...

Given the truly awful life ruining consequences of drink driving such as people maimed and dead, it is about time that this hideously selfish act is judged by society as severely as attempted murder.

The day is hopefully coming when someone says in a social setting "I can't drive because I'm banned for drink driving" and the people in the room express their disgust and shun them, much the same way that they would others who ruin innocent people's lives - such as rapists, murderer's, paedophiles, muggers and burglars. People who ruin lives should be isolated and shunned.

I am a carpenter and there is a kind of 'ladi-sh' culture amongst some men in the trades that drink driving is naughty and even amusing - how amused would they be if it was THEIR child who was maimed or killed? Would they still think its funny?...
Given the truly awful life ruining consequences of drink driving such as people maimed and dead, it is about time that this hideously selfish act is judged by society as severely as attempted murder. The day is hopefully coming when someone says in a social setting "I can't drive because I'm banned for drink driving" and the people in the room express their disgust and shun them, much the same way that they would others who ruin innocent people's lives - such as rapists, murderer's, paedophiles, muggers and burglars. People who ruin lives should be isolated and shunned. I am a carpenter and there is a kind of 'ladi-sh' culture amongst some men in the trades that drink driving is naughty and even amusing - how amused would they be if it was THEIR child who was maimed or killed? Would they still think its funny?... theidiotsarewinning
  • Score: 11

6:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

ARMANA says...

her professional wrote:
Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.
Never mind, maybe next time, !!!
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.[/p][/quote]Never mind, maybe next time, !!! ARMANA
  • Score: 3

7:33pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Praise for Mr Smyth to go to the area and apologise ,good for him!
Praise for Mr Smyth to go to the area and apologise ,good for him! Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 14

9:03pm Mon 27 Jan 14

whoee! says...

her professional wrote:
Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.
Oh yes how absolutely awful...No one with give a f4ck lol hahahahaha
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.[/p][/quote]Oh yes how absolutely awful...No one with give a f4ck lol hahahahaha whoee!
  • Score: 0

10:49pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Students don't have bikes. They have new minis and even BMWs. Students on bikes. It's not the 1970s.
Students don't have bikes. They have new minis and even BMWs. Students on bikes. It's not the 1970s. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 12

4:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

fasttrack wrote:
I think the Director of the company going around on the Sunday afternoon to apologise deserves some credit, not many would have done the same.
I know Pat Smythe and I can concour, He is a true gent. I can imagne how upset and mortified this would have made him. Nice one Pat.
[quote][p][bold]fasttrack[/bold] wrote: I think the Director of the company going around on the Sunday afternoon to apologise deserves some credit, not many would have done the same.[/p][/quote]I know Pat Smythe and I can concour, He is a true gent. I can imagne how upset and mortified this would have made him. Nice one Pat. Brighton1000
  • Score: 6

10:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

whoee! says...

her professional wrote:
Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.
What a complete and utter moron
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.[/p][/quote]What a complete and utter moron whoee!
  • Score: 6

7:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

RossC21 says...

ARMANA wrote:
her professional wrote:
Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.
Never mind, maybe next time, !!!
Let's hope you're the muppet who doesn't bother to look each way then gets hit by a car. It would be karma, wonderful karma.
[quote][p][bold]ARMANA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Just think how bad it would have been if he had been a cyclist, worse still a student on a bike.[/p][/quote]Never mind, maybe next time, !!![/p][/quote]Let's hope you're the muppet who doesn't bother to look each way then gets hit by a car. It would be karma, wonderful karma. RossC21
  • Score: 0

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